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Department of Human Services

Youth Support Worker / Youth Worker (Youth Justice)

Youth Justice – Adelaide Youth Training Centre

Are you committed to working to bring about positive change in the lives of young people, within a challenging and rewarding environment? The Adelaide Youth Training Centre –Kurlana Tapa (AYTC)is looking to recruit and train Youth Support Workers who will bring invaluable life experience, passion and tenacity to their roles and help contribute to better outcomes for young people in a custodial environment. Youth Support Workers at the AYTC enjoy working collaboratively with others, in a dynamic and energetic workplace.

Why be a Youth Support Worker?

As a Youth Worker you will guide and support young people to help them on an individual or group basis, offering practical, personal, emotional, social and educational support to help them reach their full potential and positively participate in their community.

Youth Justice – Adelaide Youth Training Centre- Kurlana Tapa

Recruitment Status: Closed


The Department of Human Services (DHS) is offering exciting employment opportunities for energetic, compassionate and flexible individuals, who feel they can support and impact positively upon the lives of young people in custody.

Successful applicants will be offered the unique opportunity to embark upon a 12-month probationary period within the AYTC, with a view to ongoing roles.

Information sessions

Information session times for this role will be listed on this page shortly.

Special Conditions:

Successful applicants will:

  • Be subject to a satisfactory DHS Child Related Background Screening and National Criminal History Record Check (NCHRC) every three years.
  • Be required to undertake a pre-employment psychological screening and Job-Fit medical evaluation prior to interview.
  • Undertake rostered shift work 24/7 as required (including weekends, public holidays, overtime shifts) across both campuses of the AYTC.
  • Hold a current driver’s licence.
  • Hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate.

Demonstrate good physical health, fitness and have the capacity to manage young people in crisis situations.


DHS provides new recruits with all of the required training to be successful in the role; commencing with a comprehensive, on-site training package delivered full-time, over seven weeks at the AYTC. This includes field placement, to gain valuable experience and learn from others already in the role. In addition to the on-site training, new recruits will be supported to complete a Certificate IV in Youth Justice (CHC40513), funded by DHS. This package is part of the National Framework for Training in Youth Justice Certificate IV, which provides highly sought after qualifications which will assist career pathways within the justice sector.

* New recruits who may already hold this qualification or similar others, will be provided with a tailored training and/or learning program.

Salary range

OPS2 Youth Support Worker $$52,315 - $56,503 [as of Oct, 2017] p.a. (plus shift penalties).


The AYTC operates over two campuses, both situated at Cavan, South Australia

For further information about the Youth Support Worker role, please contact the AYTC Training Team on 8169 1418 or email

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